After resetting the application process in October, the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) has issued 20 new licenses for medical marijuana businesses.
Through AMCC’s recently established procedures, members of the Commission received presentations and participated in discussions with applicants during public presentations held late last month. At its meeting on December 1, 2023, the commission “ranked applicants and voted to award medical cannabis business licenses to the following applicants.”
- Cultivator License CRC of Alabama, LLC
- Greenway Botanicals, LLC
- Gulf Shore Remedies, LLC
- Native Black Cultivation Creek
- Leaf Wellness Inc.
- Twisted Herb Cultivation, LLC
- I AM FARMS
- Organic Harvest Lab, LLC
- Coosa Medical Manufacturing
- 1819 Labs, LLC
- Jasper Development Group Inc.
- CCS of Alabama, LLC
- GP6 Wellness, LLC
- Capitol Medical, LLC
- RJK Holdings AL, LLC
Secure Transport License
- Alabama Secure Transport, LLC
- Tyler Van Lines, LLC
- Pick Up My Things
- International Communication, LLC
State Testing Laboratory License:
- Certus Laboratories
“The presentations we received from applicants this week were insightful and allowed Commission members to ask questions about the contents and merits of their application,” said Commission Chairman Rex Vaughn in a public statement. “We received applications and presentations from applicants who would make terrific licensees, which made our job of selecting a limited number of them challenging. However, I trust this Commission’s wisdom and discretion in selecting the best applicants to serve as licensees in Alabama’s newest industry. ”
Following this award of licenses, :the procedural timelines associated with the post-award licensing process will begin along with the pre-issuance site inspections. Those applicants who were awarded a license will have 14 days to submit the appropriate license fee. Also, any applicant who has been denied a license has 14 days to request an investigative hearing before the Commission for reconsideration of said denial.”
The Commission will receive presentations from integrated facility applicants December 5-8 and will award such licenses on December 12, 2023.
Under the rules promulgated by the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, physicians may begin the certification process to recommend medical cannabis to patients after business licenses have been issued. For a patient to qualify for medical cannabis, the patient must have at least one of the qualifying conditions and be recommended for medical cannabis by a certified physician.
While the Commission is limited as to the number of licenses it can issue pursuant to the statute, “the Commission intends to open a second offering of licenses for various license categories.”
In June the AMCC awarded 21 companies with medical marijuana licenses. Due to litigation the commission voided these licenses in August and issued 24 new licenses. In October the commission rescinded all of the licenses and denials from August, allowing them to issue a third round of licenses under rules that were adopted in October.
Passed in 2021, Alabama’s medical marijuana law does not allow dried marijuana to be purchased or smoked, but it does allow marijuana “tablets, capsules, tinctures, or gel cubes for oral use; gels, oils or creams for topical use, or suppositories, transdermal patches, nebulizers, or liquids or oils for use in an inhaler.”